ERIC Number: EJ875704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-3
Reference Count: N/A
Policymakers Urged to Promote Principal Development
Aarons, Dakarai I.
Education Week, v29 n23 p1, 14 Mar 2010
As principals come under more pressure than ever to improve underperforming schools, leadership experts say it's time for the nation to emphasize recruiting and training the next generation of school leaders. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) are supporting a bipartisan bill, introduced in both houses of Congress in December, that would create a grant program to help in recruiting, preparing, and supporting principals for high-need middle and high schools. The proposed School Principal Recruitment and Training Act, which would be an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), was developed with the NASSP. Under the bill, which would authorize spending $200 million, aspiring principals would take part in a residency program before taking over low-performing schools, and would continue to benefit from professional development. In return for grant support, they would be required to spend four years at a school and improve school outcomes within three to six years. For fiscal 2011, the Obama administration is proposing to spend $170 million on principals and school leadership teams as part of its group of "Excellent Instructional Teams" programs. In addition to backing the legislation on recruitment and training now pending in Congress, the NAESP is calling for the new edition of the ESEA, which Congress began work on last week, to include mentoring programs for school leaders in their first three years on the job.
Descriptors: Mentors, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Instructional Leadership, Recruitment, Principals, Professional Development, Educational Improvement, Disadvantaged Schools, Outcomes of Education, Leadership Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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